Oral History interview of Christian Booker Deem. Interview conducted by McGee, Lael; Buchman, Andrew at Mr. Deem's home office in Orlando, FL.
0:01-2:00 introduction, biographical info, enlist army after graduate high school; 2:00-3:00 boot camp at Ft. Knox, KY; 3:00-5:00 description of typical day at boot camp; 5:00-6:00 graduate boot camp as cavalry scout, 1st duty station Ft. Hood, TX; 6:00-7:00 receive orders for Iraq; 7:00-8:00 description of typical day in Baghdad on patrol; 8:00-9:00 response to insurgent activity; 9:00-10:00 impression of Iraq; 10:00-11:00 description of Iraqi's reaction to U.S. army presence in neighborhoods; 11:00-12:00 description of homecoming and readjustment; 12:00-13:00 difficulties readjusting to civilian life; 13:00-14:00 effect of war experience on interviewee's life; 14:00-15:00 maintain contact with fellow soldiers; 15:00-16:00 opinion on military service; 16:00-18:00 comparison of Iraqi conflict versus Afghanistan conflict; 18:00-19:00 friendly fire incident; 19:00-20:00 discusses Iraqi military police force; 20:00-21:00 locals terrified to talk to U.S. troops; 21:00-24:00 rules of engagement, become political war, death toll; 24:00-25:00 portrayal in media; 25:00-27:00 discusses America's support of war; 27:00-28:00 compare weapons of U.S. military versus Iraq insurgents; 28:00-29:00 suicide bombers, Iraqi insurgent strategy and organization; 29:00-30:00 3 weeks in Kuwait; 30:00-31:00 effect of President on military conditions; 31:00-32:00 souvenirs from Iraq, I.E.D.; 32:00-35:00 discusses how chose job in military, recruiter told him to lie to get job, caught; 35:00-36:00 ASFAB in determining jobs; 36:00-37:00 military recruitment.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
4 ID 8/10 CAV B troop
Location of Service
Fort Hood (Tex.); Camp Al-Saqr (Iraq); Camp Liberty (Iraq)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Combat Action Badge; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon
Hand-to-Hand Combat level I Certified, Long-Range Marksman Certified
Won 2 Army Commendation Medals and 2 Army Achievement Medals.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
McGee, Lael; Buchman, Andrew
Location of Interview
Mr. Deem's home office in Orlando, FL.
Deem, Christian B.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
McGee, Lael; Buchman, Andrew
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Deem, Christian Booker interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 72.